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The firm carrying out the Government’s controversial “fitness for work” tests on disabled benefit claimants is a “disgrace” and should be stripped of its contract, Labour will say on Monday.

Pandora: Queen's travel plans prompt election talk

The Queen's Speech at last week's State Opening of Parliament was largely overlooked because of Speaker Michael Martin's statement about the Metropolitan Police raid on the Tory MP Damian Green's office. But there was one salient detail (or lack thereof) which has since got Westminster tongues wagging.

The Lord who put the bounce into Brown

Lord Mandelson says his new role at Gordon Brown's side is to make the Brownites and Blairites laugh together again. Others insist the 'Prince of Darkness' is no jester, but really the new Deputy Prime Minister, reports Andrew Grice

Leading article: Talking sense on immigration

The decision by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to commission a study into the impact of an amnesty for illegal immigrants has not gone down well in Westminster. Mr Johnson's party leader, David Cameron, has refused to endorse the idea, and the Immigration minister, Phil Woolas, has described Mr Johnson as both "naive in the extreme" and a "nincompoop".

Pandora: Gwyneth's makeover leaves her hubby cold

Gwyneth Paltrow recently underwent an attention-grabbing transformation, going from macrobiotic goody-goody to steeple-heeled glamour girl.

Brown's prima donna: 'I want my espresso at 3pm!'

Gordon Brown's new cabinet enforcer has issued an 11-page document to civil servants which spells out exactly how he would like to be treated by them.

Modest Gurkhas relive heroic deeds done on behalf of Britain

The High Court victory that gives veteran Nepalese soldiers the right to settle in the UK is the last chapter of a battle that began during the war, as Kim Sengupta explains

Return of the Prince of Darkness

Twelve points behind in polls, Labour MPs in revolt, The economy in meltdown - So Brown decides it's time for Mandelson

Brown to set up economic crisis team in reshuffle

Gordon Brown will create a powerful group of ministers and officials to lead the Government's response to the global financial crisis as part of a cabinet reshuffle to be announced today.

Speculation grows over Cabinet reshuffle

The news that Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly is to quit the Cabinet will spark a fresh bout of feverish reshuffle speculation.

Immigration plan limits work of non-EU doctors

Doctors from outside Europe will no longer be able to work in Britain as salaried GPs, under an official plan published today.

All-party group to lobby for 'balanced migration'

The former welfare minister Frank Field sparked a new row over immigration as the Home Office dismissed proposals to slash the number of migrants coming to live in Britain.

Toddler shot in head by sister with an air gun

An 18-month-old boy was left fighting for his life after his five-year-old sister shot him in the head with an air gun their father was using for target practice.

Brown plans cabinet reshuffle as ministers told to cut short holiday

Gordon Brown is planning to reshuffle the Cabinet in the first week of September in an attempt to re-assert his authority over his divided government.

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